Doctors lack ability and confidence in patient capacity assessment – study


Doctors lack ability and confidence in patient capacity assessment – study

Elder care
Dementia or cognitive impairment is the most common reason for capacity assessments
A quarter of doctors surveyed say it’s not their job to&nbsp


The following website has a training interview showing techniques and Videos on capacity evaluation for medical practitioners. It needs dementia and depression assessments as well as collateral evidence gathered and one needs to know what is the purpose of the assessment, eg, to get the resident to change to the house doctor!.

This is not something to be tacked on to the end of a resthome admission which frequently includes certifying requests for resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest , doing a full examination and scripting and reviewing of the hospital discharge recommendations such as check renal function and INR for afib / stroke, etc, and then adding script and non script meds and supplements to an electronic pharmaceutical list. 1-2 days after doing this the GP is often notified that the resident has changed to the ouse doctor (In many homes on undisclosed financial grounds.)

If going on this website open all the drop downs to find the videos.

If a person is in hospital for a couple of weeks then with the OT, physio , psychologist, physician, psycho geriatrician, pharmacist and social worker team and multidisciplinary meetings they are in a far better position to complete the assessment of capacity and fill in forms 4 & 5 of the PPPR act or write a letter to the legal practitioner regarding lack of competence and advising implementation of the EPOA for welfare and or property .

Alternatively take a half day out to do it properly and charge a n appropriate fee. Legal fees for PPPR act application were of the order of $1,500 in 2001.